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The Cost of a Child in 2019

04 September 2019
The latest report in our annual Cost of a Child series finds that the overall cost of a child up to age 18 (including rent and childcare) is £185,000 for lone parents (up 19% since 2012) and £151,000 for couples (up 5.5% since 2012). The gap between lone parents’ actual income and what they need to meet family needs has grown sharply.

High Court finds DWP unlawful on universal credit assessments

11 January 2019
In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers, the High Court found today that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful.

Cost of a Child in 2018 released

20 August 2018
CPAG's latest Cost of a Child report shows what it costs to raise a child to age 18, based on what the public thinks is a minimum standard of living. The overall cost of a child (including rent and childcare) is £150,753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent.

The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under Universal Credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

06 November 2017
The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.

Child poverty jumps to 4 million

16 March 2017
The Government's annual statistics show child poverty has risen by 100,00 to 4 million, a level we haven't seen since 2007- 08. The number of poor children in working families is up (to 67%) and approaching half (47%) of lone parents' children are poor.

Budget 2017: thin gruel for struggling families

08 March 2017
The Budget used new language but was silent on projected increases in child poverty and left families highly exposed to rising costs, stagnating pay and benefit cuts.

CPAG responds to Prime Minister’s ‘shared society’ speech

09 January 2017
Responding to the Prime Minister's speech today, CPAG said just about managing families are the same people as those on low incomes. Will policies making them poorer change?

Cost of a child 2016

22 September 2016
Our annual cost of a child research finds that two parents working full-time on the minimum wage are still £50 a week short of what they need to raise their children at a minimum standard of living.

Stephen Crabb's first speech as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

12 April 2016
Our response: encouraging, but look to policies to match rhetoric on understanding the real lives of families.

Programme for Scottish Government 2016-2021

08 April 2016
The next Scottish Government will be confronted with an imminent rise in child poverty, with a projected 50% increase by 2020 largely driven by UK tax and benefit policies. With this in mind our programme for government sets out a range of measures aimed at prioritising the eradication of child poverty in Scotland and minimising its damaging effects on children, families, services and the country’s economy. Read CPAG in Scotland's Programme for Scottish Government 2016 - 2021 here.